The largest cypress tree on the Beidler property.
While this blog post may not have much to do with photography, it's another reason why I love the lowlands. A coworker of mine showed me this tree about three weeks ago since it's one of the biggest on the Beidler Forest property. Getting there is an adventure, trudging through waist-high black water and battling the swarms of noseeums. Surrounding this woody behemoth, contorted cypress knees seem to bubble like lava from the water's surface. Generally speaking, the older the tree, the more gnarly the knee. And when played with a hand or a stick, their varying sizes and shapes offer a wide range of organic tones from deep baritones to tinny tenors. I had the idea to bring out a few friends to make some real swamp music, with real swamp instruments. So without further ado, I bring you Swamp Stomp.